Paul Hindemith. Minimax (Repertoire for Military Orchestra ‘Minimax'”), parody for string quartet. Composition Information ↓; Parts/Movements ↓; Appears On. Hindemith’s early childhood was influenced by his father’s draconian methods of bringing up [«Minimax», Repertoire for Military Orchestra for String Quartet]. Paul Hindemith, Kurt Weill, Leipziger Streichquartett, Andreas Seidel, Timan Buning, Ivo Bauer, Matthias Moosdorf – Weill: Complete String Quartets; Hindemith.

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Classical Net Review – Weill/Hindemith – String Quartets/Minimax

It’s not yet the sound we associate with Weill — neither the sour and acid of the European music, nor the bittersweet nostalgia of the American — but it is the work of a great composer-to-be. It reflects his current studies with Humperdinck. The finale, “Chorale Fantasia,” takes off on an idea heard near the opening on the cello.

When I gave away the boy, I had already drilled him quite well in ear training and music, but when I picked him up from school, he was total spoiled. If so, I have to say I didn’t know the old man had it in him. He wrote many of his best-known masterpieces before the age of thirty.

Weill’s earlier quartet in b-minor stands firmly in the hindemity Romantic era. String Quartet String Quartet, Op. He should have destroyed it, rather than rely on good will. The operas Cardillac and Mathis der Maler are considered standard works of operatic history; the sonatas are indispensible works in the repertoire of all instrumentalists.

They don’t seem to understand that Minimax is crude fun. If someone wants to occupy himself with me, he should look at my works. The rest of it is good student work, but nothing more. He wrote it for a private gathering hinddmith friends and supporters — a party piece.


We also use some non-essential cookies to anonymously track visitors or enhance your experience of the site. Humour, a sense for practical joking and a considerable portion of self-irony marked Hindemith’s character. None monimax the works here typify the maturity of these composers. Unfortunately, the titles are more interesting than the music itself, which could have been written by any competent composer of the period.

On the other hand, they deliver a lovely account of the least satirical movement, “Dandelion at the Brook’s Shore,” mniimax concert waltz.

There’s also a psychological coolness to it that nevertheless suggests a disturbance beneath the surface. Hindemith, about five minimad older and almost entirely self-taught, had found major success as performer, teacher, and composer. The urchin had to atone for that the first time until his spunk had returned. His use of rhythm in the service of form is nothing less than masterful. However, give them real meat, like Weill’s Op.

Minimax (Repertoire for Military Orchestra ‘Minimax'”), parody for string quartet

The second movement, a driving scherzo, shows the influence of Mahler in its march trio. Weill’s early maturity always astonished me he was born in When one goes to a tailor, one doesn’t want a picture or photograph of him, but a well-made suit.

These cookies are set when you submit a form, login or interact with the site by doing something that goes beyond clicking on simple links. Home News Contacts Copyright. It does nothing for his currently low reputation and isn’t fair to the “real” music he wrote during the same year, like the Fourth String Quartet and Das Marienleben. They do a professional job on the Weill b-minor quartet, but it’s not a work that will wow too many, no matter who plays it. Some cookies on this site are essential, and the site won’t work as expected without them.


If you’re not happy with this, we won’t set these cookies but some nice features of the site may be unavailable. Cookie settings Close This website uses cookies This website uses cookies to improve user experience. The first movement, an “Introduction,” foreshadows the “Melodrama” of Die Dreigroschenoper. Unlike the earlier quartet, the work belongs wholly to its time and shows many influences, some superficially contradictory: This CD presents early work by two of the most prominent German composers after the war.

The Hindemith counts as little more than a jape.

Early Childhood

Hinedmith other composer of the twentieth century wrote such a comprehensive and versatile oeuvre comprising all usable genres.

Hindemith’s early childhood was influenced by his father’s draconian methods of bringing up children.

Significantly, Hindemith never published it and asked that his unpublished works never be played after his death. Every movement title puns on something. Add Schoenberg, Berg, and Toch, and you basically have the A-team. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. This website uses cookies to improve user experience. One interesting feature, a distinctive rhythm, shows up years later in Dreigroschenoperagain in the “Melodrama.